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Minutes and proceedings of the Third annual Convention, for the Improvement of the Free People of Colour in these United States, :held by adjournments in the city of Philadelphia, from the 3d to the 13th of June inclusive, 1833.

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correspond with such of the gentlemen above alluded to, as they may deem proper, for the purpose of explaining to them, the views and wishes of the people of colour, in reference to the important subject of Colonization, and if possible to counteract the mischievous aims of the American Colonization Society, so adverse to the best interests and happiness of the free people of colour in this country. Carried.

On motion of S. H. Gloucester, seconded by J. G. Steward, It was resolved, that the thanks of this Convention be, and they are hereby given to Mr. Abraham D. Shadd, President of the Convention, for his impartial and dignified deportment in the discharge of his official duties, during the sitting of this Convention, to which the President made an appropriate reply.

On motion of J. C. Mathews, seconded by R. Purvis, It was resolved, that a vote of thanks be tendered to the Vice-Presidents and Secretaries for their services.

Adjourned to meet in the city of New-York, on the 1st Monday in June, 1834, at 10 o'clock, A. M.

ABRAHAM D. SHADD, Pres.

RANSOM F. WAKE, } HENRY OGDEN,} Secretaries.

Philadelphia, June 13, 1833.


CONVENTIONAL ADDRESS.

To the Free Coloured inhabitants of the United States.

Brethren and Fellow Citizens,

It is a matter of high congratulation that, through the providence of Almighty God, we have been enabled to convene, for the fourth time, as the representatives of the free people of colour of eight of the States of the Union, for the purpose of devising plans for our mutual and common improvement, in this, the land of our nativity.

To that important object the entire attention of the Convention has been directed; but to effect it, as might be expected, a very considerable diversity of sentiment as to the best means, existed. Various circumstances growing out of our local situations operate to produce a great difference of feeling, as well as of judgment, in the course best calculated to insure our advancement in prosperity. Our brethren at the south are subject to many very cruel and oppressive laws, to get clear of which they will consent to go into

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